red tail cat in a cycled freshwater aquarium - NEED HELP!

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Re: red tail cat in a cycled freshwater aquarium - NEED HELP

Postby englishmx » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:20 pm

Sorry to hear that :(

Good that you got some filter media/gunk from a friend, that should hopefully speed things up a bit
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Re: red tail cat in a cycled freshwater aquarium - NEED HELP

Postby billberet » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:49 pm

my friend gave me one bio bag full of bio media, in a ziplock bag of his tank water.
i took my filter apart and put his media in the middle of my canister, and poured his water in as well.

put it all back together and let it run.

now i just have to keep up the water changes.
i can't seem to drop the ammonia under 1 ppm.

i am going to do another test when i get home, maybe when i dechlor my water, i am creating ammonia.
i checked my water company's web page but they say they are just using chlorine, but who knows for sure.

i'll keep you posted :)
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Re: red tail cat in a cycled freshwater aquarium - NEED HELP

Postby Angel Fish » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:38 am

Sorry, but I've got to ask; What are your long term plans for your RTC?
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Re: red tail cat in a cycled freshwater aquarium - NEED HELP

Postby billberet » Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:21 pm

it doesn't matter at this point, he's all bloody, no matter what i did, i couldn't save him.
i don't think he will last the night. he's all pale, bloody gills, white spots all over him, fins frayed and bloody just sitting on the sand.
i might have to euthanize him, unless anyone thinks there is a way to recover from this, i really don't want him to suffer any more..

i added prime and my ammonia is reading 0, i'm continuing with my 20% water changes with prime in the buckets.
been 2 weeks, and the tank should be beginning to cycle process. the parrot fish is fine, he never even flinched during this whole scenario.
he's eating goldfish and is nice and fat.

i'm not a happy camper right now.


but to answer your question, i was going to upgrade to a 300gal

**edit** redtail is dead, was on the bottom, he is not suffering anymore.

now on to the parrot, since all his tankmates are gone, he is in a corner extremely pale, with red running thru his tail fin.
i will see how he is doing in the morning.

ph is 7.6
ammonia is .25-.50
nitrite is 0
nitrate is 20
i am now using prime with my 20% water changes
add prime to buckets which removes the chorine, 2 cap full, to dose the volume of the tank.

i also purchased another fluval fx5, then i'll have 2 huge canisters filled with bio. I learned from my mistake and i am now
building redundancy into my design. then i can rotate on which filter i clean.
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Re: red tail cat in a cycled freshwater aquarium - NEED HELP

Postby billberet » Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:30 pm

final update, tank is finishing the cycle process, i have 1 parrot fish left, all the others died during the process.
sand is good, ph is stable, ammonia is 0, nitrite is 0, nitrate is 20

seeding my filter helped speed up the process.
my parrot is now acting like a parrot, digging in the sand and making herself a nest, now i'll have to pick up another to be her mate.

i'd like to thank everyone that chimed in to give advice, i learned alot even after being a fishkeeper for 15+ years.
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Re: red tail cat in a cycled freshwater aquarium - NEED HELP

Postby Angel Fish » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:41 am

Really sorry to hear about you fish loss :(
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Re: red tail cat in a cycled freshwater aquarium - NEED HELP

Postby billberet » Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:09 pm

****UPDATE****

well i am happy to say my Parrot is big and strong with no signs of stress.
I am now running DUAL FX5 filters. all filled with bio-media
now i can clean them alternately, so i'll always have a bacteria colony untouched.

here is a side shot if the intake hoses, as they run along the base of the tank
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here are my dual fx5 - REDUNDANCY
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here is a full view of my setup, behind the scene
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same picture but this time with the blue LED strips on
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here is how my dual setup looks from the front, as you can see,
everything still hides nice. oh yea, the led hood is DIY, this is my first time turning it on :)
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Re: red tail cat in a cycled freshwater aquarium - NEED HELP

Postby billberet » Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:12 pm

Now just waiting for the second canister to develop bacteria, then it's off to the fish store !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: red tail cat in a cycled freshwater aquarium - NEED HELP

Postby englishmx » Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:37 pm

Looking good with the twin FX5's, sorry to hear about the RT Catfish :(
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